22/05/2022 Vocal Point

Hi all

I was sorry to miss the studio night last week. I obviously missed a great night, the “Viking” images that I have seen to date are amazing. Well done Colin and everyone who helped make the night a success. Colin has also sent out some information on forthcoming Viking events which promise to be good photographic opportunities.

Our season draws near to a close, with only two meetings remaining. It’s the turn of the AGM this week. Your committee and volunteers have worked hard over the past 12 months to make the season a great success. The AGM is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the ups and downs of the past year, whilst recognising the efforts of the retiring committee and welcoming a new one for the season ahead.

I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

Best wishes

David

08/05/2022 Vocal Point

Hi all

Our David Keep presentation was intended to be a high point of the season – and he certainly didn’t disappoint. We had some excellent, images, videos and backstories which kept us enthralled for nearly 3 hours. What a great night and massive thanks are due to the hard work from our volunteers who made this happen – arranging the event, refreshments, car parking, setting up on the evening and publicity for the night. What great teamwork.

We are nearing the end of our season – which means that our AGM is just 2 weeks away. There is still time to put yourself forward for the committee for our new season. Bromsgrove PS has benefitted from a group of very able and enthusiastic committee members, and we aim to keep it that way. New blood is always needed – it’s important to keep moving forward with new ideas. If you have something to offer BPS, then please let us know.

This week will be our final practical evening of the season. We will have something different this time, when we will take the opportunity to review the successful images from the Vale of Evesham International Exhibition. We aim for this to be interactive with critique from the floor, it should be a great learning experience.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

01/05/2022 Vocal Point

Hi all

It’s our big event coming up this week. We have the excellent David Keep presenting “From Sea Lions to Sharks”. Some of us have had the pleasure of seeing David’s work in the past, and I promise you that you are in for a treat. In addition, David has kindly donated two of his prints as raffle prizes. PLEASE NOTE OUR MEETING STARTS EARLY THIS WEEK – AT 7-30 PM RATHER THAN THE USUAL 8-00 PM, so get there early to ensure that you get a good seat. Spaces are still available. If you haven’t got your name down for a ticket yet, then please let me know. It’s not too late to bring along a guest – free for members, £8 for guests.

My apologies to everyone who has contributed prints to be displayed on the evening. David Keep has now informed us that he would like to bring 30 of his prints to display on the evening. This means that there will be no space for our work. Instead, we hope to have a video display of our members’ work on the TV

Congratulations to everyone whose work received an award at the Annual Open competition last week. As usual the standard of work was very high, but our judge Louise Hill made an excellent job of picking the winners with a clear and helpful critique of all the work.

Finally, please remember that our very own Tony Gervis is holding a presentation in aid of the Ukrainian Appeal.at Abberly Village Hall on Saturday 14th May. Not only will this be a chance to see and hear Tony’s very entertaining talk, but more importantly, a great opportunity to support a very worthy cause during a very sad time. If you can get there that would be great, if not, why not talk to Tony as to how you can support this appeal.

See you all on Tuesday.

Best wishes

David

24/04/2022 Vocal Point

Hi all

There aren’t many weeks left in the season now, but we still have some major entertainment to come. The David Keep event is just around the corner on 3rd May. Remember, we would like some of your prints to create a display on the evening. If you haven’t done so already, then – this Tuesday – please bring along one or two prints for display at the presentation.

Also, it is not too late to get tickets for the David Keep lecture. Please aim to bring along a guest for a very entertaining and enthralling evening. It’s free for members and £8 for guests, but you need to book in advance. If you need any further persuasion, there is also free cake during the interval.

You should by now have received notification about our forthcoming AGM on Tuesday 24th May. During this, we have our election of committee members and office bearers for the year ahead. Your committee has been extremely successful in making Bromsgrove PS one of the most successful societies in the West Midlands, but we never believe in standing still. We always need new ideas and enthusiastic members on the committee, and there will be at least 2 vacancies for the new season. If you feel that you can contribute to the future of BPS then please put yourself forward. You will need someone to propose and second you, however, if you are still getting to know people, then please let me know and we will get that sorted for you.

This Tuesday, we have our Annual open Competition – Prints and PDI’s. Our judge is Louise Hill – a good friend of the society for many years. Good luck to everyone who has entered.

Best wishes

David

17/04/2022 Vocal Point

Hi all

We had another excellent night with Terry Livesey last Tuesday – this was a chance to see how a professional photographer works, along with the history of his career. He’s definitely someone who has made the right decisions at the right time, creating several successful businesses along the way – including a BAFTA award for animation.

This week, we return to the studio. Our model will be Gary Moore and the main theme will be  Steam Punk. Colin has already sent out details and images. It looks like being a promising evening for studio shots.

The David Keep event is looming fast. This will be an excellent evening of images and dialogue. There are still tickets available for visitors and guests so please spread the word – the more the merrier. Please remember – members can attend this event for free, but you must book your place. If you haven’t got your name down already, then either sign in at Avoncroft this week or let me know by return email.

At the David Keep event, we plan to have a display of our print work in the hall. Once again we are looking for images from our members. Half the display will be Nature, the remainder will be general work. If you would like your work to be displayed please print along one or two prints for consideration.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

05/04/2022 Vocal Point

Hi all

My apologies for the late Vocal Point this week. I’m just recovering from a very enjoyable but tiring weekend in London.

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped in the Practical Night last week. Special thanks to Jenny, Ele and Paul for running special tables. As usual, this sort of evening is a great opportunity to socialise with other members and learn new tips and techniques as you go along.

This week it is the turn of our Novice Members to participate in the Annual PDI and Print Competitions. Our judge is Peter Gennard – always entertaining, but above all a very fair and helpful judge. Good luck to everyone who has entered. It will be the turn of the Open Section entrants in 3 weeks’ time, meanwhile, come along and see the high standard on show tonight – I have no doubt that several entrants will be competing in the Open next year.

See you all later.

Best wishes

David

27/03/2022 Vocal Point

Hi all

There were some great Street Photography images from Dave Fieldhouse last Tuesday. Having made the transition from Landscape to Street, we were given some good ideas for summer photography that we could put into action this year. Some great hints on the use of high contrast light, including when to choose a monochrome image.

As previously advised, this week there is an alteration to our advertised programme. We have a practical evening, with lots of hands-on activities, so be sure to bring along your camera. We will have 3 main events –

Jenny Webster will be demonstrating textures and backgrounds, and will be bringing along a number of textures for you to photograph, with ideas on how to use them to enhance your images.

Ele Rea will be setting up a still-life table, giving you a chance to arrange items and lighting. You could even choose to merge some of the texture images from Jenny with the still-life images.

Paul Smith will be running a print mounting session with a demonstration and practice at mounting using precut mounts. The mounts have a precut centre of 390 x 260 mm – a ratio of 3:2. If you have a print that fits this specification then you have the opportunity to bring it along and mount it.

There will be a number of other unsupervised activities, but it is also a chance for you to bring along your own props and still-life items. You can also play around with lighting to learn from hands-on activities. 

Finally, as announced on Tuesday, we will be updating our High Street on Wednesday. The prints on display are a great promotion and asset for BPS – however, strong sunlight degrades the images over time. We need some fresh images – if you can spare some prints on a long-term basis then please bring them on Tuesday evening.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

20/03/2022 Vocal Point

Hi all

We had an entertaining evening with Colin Trow-Poole last Tuesday. Some great images with some thought-provoking backstories. His series of Orador images will last long in the memory

He also had a wicked sense of humour. It may be 8 years since he last visited Bromsgrove, but I have no doubt that it will not be so long until his next visit.

This week we have a chance to see the work of Dave Fieldhouse, a Lichfield based photographer. His talk is entitled “From Fell to Footpath” and is based on his experience as a landscape photographer who made the change to Street Photography.

On Sunday coming – 27th March – it is presentation day for Midphot 2022. As a society, we are very well represented in this, but it is also a great opportunity to see what Midlands photographers are doing. All accepted work will be displayed on the day. I have attached a poster with all the relevant information.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

13/03/2022 Vocal Point

Hi all

Well done to everyone who participated in the 4th Print Competition last week. As usual, the standard was high, but special mention should be given to the Novice sections where we had a number of images that would have competed highly in the Open section. Our judge Scott Latham had a challenging night picking the best images. His critique was excellent and revealed a lot of his own photographic background. He is passionate about conservation and there is every possibility that he will attend Bromsgrove to present his own work and interests in the future.

This week, we can look forward to a presentation from Colin Trow-Poole FRPS FIFP MPAGB. This will be a combination of Prints and PDIs including a series of Documentary Images – his recent FRPS panel, plus some Street Photography and Abstract. It will be mostly Monochrome but Colour will also feature.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

07/03/2022 Vocal Point

Hi all

Well, we certainly had a great studio evening last week – one of the best. Christina was a very professional and personable model who made life easy for the less experienced studio workers – myself included. She was well supported by Jobey and our very own Bernadette, who gave us an excellent opportunity to use the stage for playing with lighting, poses and backgrounds. We should all have got some great shots on the night, so please remember to share them with all our models – Colin has already sent you the details on how to do this.

This week, our main session will be the 4th Print Competition (set subject “Weather” for Colour and Mono sections, plus nature) Our judge will be Scott Latham. Good luck to everyone who has entered. 

I will be running an early session this week, entitled NO TO BLACK AND WHITE. No, I haven’t suddenly got upset by monochrome images. This is about those black and white areas on your images that contain no detail – white skies and blacked-out shadows. They are difficult to avoid, especially when the light is strong, so I will be giving tips on how to reduce their impact – either at the taking stage, but also on how to minimise this during editing.

Both sessions will be available on Zoom – subject to the usual possibility of gremlins.

See you all on Tuesday.

Best wishes

David